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The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:10 am
Edited on: November 11, 2011 11:23 am
 
By Gary Parrish

John Calipari has long preached that "nothing good happens after midnight."

I disagree.

Because some of the very best things that ever happened to me happened well after midnight, and I wouldn't trade those memories for all the Final Fours in the world. That said, I do recognize the point the Kentucky coach is always trying to make, and I'll bet you five bucks Calipari repeats that motto at least 47 times between now and when the Wildcats open the season tonight against Marist.

Yes, UK opens tonight.

And yet Terrence Jones -- the preseason SEC Player of the Year -- was out and about in Lexington at 2:30 this morning, which is around the time he was, along with teammate Stacey Poole, involved in a traffic accident that sent both to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. To be clear, there's no indication Jones and Poole were at fault; they were apparently hit by an intoxicated driver operating on the wrong side of the road. Calipari posted on his website that no evidence of drugs or alcohol were found on Jones or Poole (or in their vehicle). So it appears this is simply a case of two people being at the wrong place at the wrong time -- although Jones needs to explain why he left the scene of the accident because the only public explanation given to date doesn't make much sense to the rational (and unbiased) mind.

Calipari said Jones left the scene out of "fear of an altercation with the driver of the oncoming vehicle," but who does that? Seriously, who has ever done that? Have you ever done that? I know I've never done that. I can't tell you I've never had friends or heard about people leaving the scene of an early morning accident, but they've always had a reason to do it, and their reasons are usually along the same lines. Never once heard about somebody leaving the scene -- and leaving a friend, much less a teammate -- out of fear of an altercation, especially when that somebody is 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds. But I guess there's a first time for everything. Perhaps this is that first time. Perhaps.

Either way, what was Terrence Jones thinking?

Not about leaving the scene.

About being out so late the night before the season-opener.

When literally the only thing anybody questions about you as a basketball player is your ability to be mature and lead, it seems like you'd want to start eliminating those questions heading into your sophomore season, and being out in the middle of the night less than 24 hours before the opener doesn't do that. It only validates the questions and makes things worse. Jones, simply put, has to be smarter.

I still think he's a terrific talent.

I still think he'll be an All-American.

But popping around town at 2:30 a.m. the night before a game with a guy who is reportedly close to leaving the program can't possibly be a good sign, and it's a helluva way to start what could be a helluva season. Nothing good happens after midnight? Again, I disagree. But if I were a basketball coach, I'd probably say that a bunch, too.
Comments

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:34 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

How can you even mention something like this happening to a UofL player so soon after the death of Abraham Lincoln?



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:30 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Some of these comments are ridiculous! Just because I love Kentucky, doesn't mean I can't look at things objectively. I know that college students stay up until the wee hours of the morning sometimes. Been there done that. However, when you play at a program and know whatever actions you make will be magnified and made public nationwide, you should be able to display better judgement. I don't think Jones or Poole were guilty of any misconduct; however, fleeting the scene during an accident only leads to speculation. Don't bash the messenger just because he is doing his job. Jones brought this upon himself and I am optimistic that Calipari will get through to him and the team. Furthermore, I am sick of the Calipari bashing. It really is getting old. And what happened at Penn State is a perfect example of how much we actually know of what really is happening behind closed doors at our beloved universities. First of all, Calipari has not been found of any wrong doing just like several other coaches. Now I am not saying there is not cheating or lying involved in collegiate sports, but he has the right, like all of us, to be innocent until proven guilty. Go Cats.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:27 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Nailed the proverbial nail on the head here. I agree 100 percent. UK fans would be the first to assume the negative about UL or UNC. But that can be said for fans of every University.


There is NO comparison here. We don't make fun of players getting hurt. We make fun of players getting in trouble with the law, as has been the case with Loserville players.




Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:26 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Gary Parrish is exactly right.  Terrance Jones should be shot and killed immediately.  I am glad you got the facts on why he was out so late and included them in your article.  By the way, I saw a local HS kid out at 5:40 this morning.  He was delivering papers, but what the hell.  Piss on a Kentucky player and your article will get lots of hits and your boys will pat you on the back.  Gary Parrish is god folks!



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:25 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Stacey Poole left the team last week from what I have heard.


You heard wrong. Poole is still with the team, but will probably leave now.



Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:24 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

I can't speak about what cops are like in Memphis but I can assure you that cops in Lexington are not going to be paid off regardless of who is involved or who the coach is. I have several friends that are officers and I resent your assertion. Hate Cal if you must, but leave hard working law enforcement out of it.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:22 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

One of the greatest football coaches in the history of college football is out of a job today and he didn't violate any laws either.



WOW!! Did you REALLY just compare a coach covering up for one of his assistants who raped over 20 little kids to Terrence Jones and Stacy Poole getting hit by a drunk driver?


You are a MORON!!



Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:17 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

true but he is proofed a massive failure as a moral human being.  He harbored and supported a pedophile when he had an opportunity to put a stop to it.



Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:15 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

There is no crime or anything wrong with leaving a scene of an accident if you are a passenger in a vehicle.  The only thing Jones did wrong was be out at 2:30 in the morning.   Stacey Poole left the team last week from what I have heard.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:13 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Never once heard about somebody leaving the scene -- and leaving a friend, much less a teammate -- out of fear of an altercation, especially when that somebody is 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds



How can you justify trying to take an indirect shot at Terrence Jones, by hinting that, 'oh if you're 6 foot 9 and 250 pounds, why are you afraid of an encounter?'  Youre basically trying to call him a wuss.  He didn't say he was afraid of getting hurt, he was afraid he'd get into a fight, which obviously would jeopardize his basketball season and his team.  He's a high profile basketball star and walking away was the smart thing to do.  If he had blasted this drunk driver and beat him down, Gary would be on here writing a column of how foolish Terrence is and why he should know better than to do that.  I swear some of these journalists will write anything just to write it.  Thumbs down to these guys being out so late, maybe he just wanted to hang out with Poole one last time before he heads out of town, but kudos to Jones for walking away and not letting the situation get any worse.



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